Jeff Fisher scrambles to keep Randy Moss, fans from revolting

A source with an AFC team that doesn’t play its home games in Nashville asked me today whether we think there’s a relationship between the acquisition of receiver Randy Moss by the Titans and the recent implosion of the Titans and Vince Young.

Though we doubt that Moss has had sufficient time to metastasize, the reality is that Moss increased fan expectations, which made fans more apt to boo when things weren’t going well on Sunday, which fueled Vince Young’s meltdown.

On Monday, coach Jeff Fisher spent some time explaining away the failure to use Moss on Sunday in a game that resulted in only three targets and zero catches for the future Hall of Famer.

There were some reads and progressions that were incorrect,” Fisher said, per Terry McCormick of

Translation?  It’s Vince’s fault.

“[Moss] had some opportunities yesterday.  He was open,” Fisher said.  “He had an opportunity for one touchdown pass, and had an opportunity to keep a couple of drives alive, but the ball wasn’t delivered to him.”

Translation?  It’s Vince’s fault.

Fisher also seemed to subtly take issue with the offensive pass interference call that wiped out what would have been a touchdown reception for Moss, his first since October 24.

“You’ll see that go uncalled,” Fisher said.  “The ball was thrown outside and there was separation, and the official, because of separation and contact, just assumed that Randy separated to go to the ball, to get adjustment.”

We don’t know whether Fisher has seen the tape, but the official assumed correctly.  And all coaches should have known (especially those with seats on the Competition Committee) that the reaction to the horrendous non-call that allowed Falcons receiver Roddy White to push down Ravens cornerback Josh Wilson and haul in the game-winning touchdown pass would include officials calling things a lot more tightly.

But, as Fisher surely is learning, nothing can ever be Randy’s fault.

44 responses to “Jeff Fisher scrambles to keep Randy Moss, fans from revolting

  1. Why would Tennessee ever want Randy Moss. That’s like sleeping with a girl you know has VD. Maybe you’ll get away with it and maybe you won’t.

    Or like running across I 95 without looking. Maybe you’ll make it and maybe you won’t.

  2. This is either vince’s or jeff’s fault. It’s up to them to keep their cool, and neither did. Randy, once again, isn’t doing anything that would/should disrupt a team with any character and professional commitment.

  3. That headline is a bit over dramatic. Don’t you think? Here in Nashville, the sentiment is about 70/30 in Fishers favor. The only revolt going on is for the lunacy of Bud Adams protecting his defective boy toy.

  4. Vince Young has to have the most fragile ego in football. A few boo’s and he folds…really? He’s a poster boy for pampered college BMOC types who wilt under the pressure of the NFL ala Ryan Leaf and Jamarcus Russell.

  5. you are really trying to put this on Moss? unbelievable…J. Harrison and Moss are like Scarface. You need people like them, so you can point at them and say “that’s the bad guy” matter what, “that’s the bad guy”

  6. Titans fans aren’t revolting; Raider fans are revolting. You guys ever hear of toothpaste?

    Thanks for the set-up Mike. Thank you, you’ve been a great audience, be sure to tip your waitress.

  7. It’s only a matter of time before it’s just a case of “randy being randy” and he goes ballistic. Early warning sign will be on Friday’s when the team has a buffet bought in for the team meal …..If Fischer was ever given a real nfl qb, he would have a great team, too bad Bud Adams wants to stick his “jerrah nose” into things.

  8. If Titan fans revolt against Fischer, then they deserve a losing team. Fans should plead with Bud Adams to keep his nose out of the actual running of a football team as all he has to do is look at what jerrah has did in dallas or danny snyder has did in washington. vince young is an athlete and that’s it, he’s not even close to being an nfl caliber qb, has the mental capacity of a midget and the weak emotions of a 2year old. VY couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with a pass……but can threaten suicide when things don’t go his way.

  9. @thejuddstir,
    Yeah what a bad call it was making Fisher play VY last year after watching Kerry Collins lose SIX games in a row. That should have let everyone know that Fisher had it in for VY and was never going to give him a chance.

    Fisher hasn’t won anything with the Titans in what, 17 years? VY may never be a great quarterback but Fisher has been given ample time to prove he’s a winner and he hasn’t done it, sorry.

  10. Funny how 3 weeks ago when Moss was acquired everything was hunky dory in Tennessee and that the “strong veteran presence” and Mike Fisher’s disposition would keep the whole place in line. The Titans were looking like a strong AFC contender. What a difference a few weeks (and one extremely over-rated diva receiver) makes.

  11. deanvernonwormer says:
    Nov 22, 2010 8:51 PM

    Or like running across I 95 without looking. Maybe you’ll make it and maybe you won’t.
    Haha, I’ve seen birds get hit while I driving along it. Nothing is safe.

  12. Lol, Jeff Fisher is being a douche on this one. I think he just watched his Titan career finally come to an end with Young going on IR if he’s putting his eggs in the “Randy Moss” egg cart. Dude isn’t on his 3rd team in 2 months for no reason.

  13. Most of the Nashvillians here i talk to want both Fish and Gump to move on.. I’d just like to see Fish run the team unhindered by Bud.
    That said, forever thanks to Bud for bringin football to Nashville.

  14. You idiot Florio. There are 20 defensive pass interference calls that don’t get called a game. There are several that get called that never should have. All of a sudden ONE offensive pass interference isn’t called in the Falcons game and you think the rules are going to change or be more scrutinized? The Moss call was obsurd. His arm is always resting on the defender, the push did not effect the play, the move did. Just like the Roddy White call. Enough with the making a mountain out of a mole hill.

  15. VY doesnt have the mental make up to be an NFL QB, too sensitive…….Why does Fisher still have a job? What has he done in the last 5 yrs? Its time for a change and I think Bud found his reason to move on……0-6 last yr and you still have Collins throwing the ball, VJ gets the start and you almost make the playoffs, he should have fired him last yr. This tells me this is more personal than business,

  16. I don’t see anything in this article to suggest that 1) fisher is scrambling, 2) moss is causing any problems (he hasn’t said a word), and 3) the fans are revolting (didn’t hear of any nashville riots. I realize that part of being a fake journalist requires a degree in sensationalism, but the words in your article do not suggest anything that would back up the title. Quite frankly, it’s not even close.

  17. wewantchillywilly says:
    I firmly believe if Moss had a QB like Montana or Young his entire career, he would have averaged 20 TD’s a season.

    every single year, he is adjusting to new QB’s

    Idiot of the day.

    Moss had one of the best qb’s ever for three years, together they set a TD record. Could still be catching passes from him if he’d have just STFU and kept busting his a$$.

    Still, don’t pin this VY trainwreck on Moss. For once, he had nothing to do with the wheels coming off of a team.

  18. Florio notes what’s left unsaid in Nashville (hey, we were doing just fine, until Randy Moss came along; do ya think… ? ) but the truth is, Vince Young is, and always has been, a non-leader of men. You can blame his sub-10 Wonderlic (which, like IQ, is simply a measure of how much capacity one’s brain can absorb and process).

    We know VY hasn’t studied tape; he’s relied on his innate physical skills on the field – skills that don’t translate to locker-room (or sideline) leadership.

    Randy Moss was an immediate threat to VY’s weak leadership, and his mere presence was enough to upset the apple-cart pulled by the donkey that is the extent of the horsepower in VY’s fierce but tiny mind.

    But it had to happen sometime. The zit comes to a head, now it’s popped. Fish has my support, Bud should keep taking his Aracept and let the Coach run his team as he sees fit.

  19. Sounds like you want another coach fired and just stirring up nonsense. Titan fans are enamored with VY and the exitement he can bring, but anybody who really knows football knows that Fisher is right. VY has gone to far to be put up with. Only real problem is Mr. Adams is one of those VY fans. Thats your story. Please Bud, let Jeff run the team.

  20. Why would ANY team take Moss? His stats prove he’s a has-been. The Pats didn’t get ride of him because he was a force. And he kills teams.

    He needs to be dumped from the NFL. it is a pity he’ll be in the Hall of Fame one day. he is the antithesis of what great players are about..

  21. i am not saying that in a pick ’em contest between fisher and young you should pick young, but i think bud adams would be right in his firing on fisher. he is the longest tenured coach with the same team in the nfl and yet all he has delivered is 1 afc championship. they had the best record in the league a couple of years ago and were bounced in their first playoff game. i think he’s a great coach, but he hasn’t produced anything that would make him untouchable.

  22. richm2256 says:
    Idiot of the day.

    Moss had one of the best qb’s ever for three years, together they set a TD record. Could still be catching passes from him if he’d have just STFU and kept busting his a$$.

    Still, don’t pin this VY trainwreck on Moss. For once, he had nothing to do with the wheels coming off of a team.

    People like this should not be calling other ppl idiots. He had one of the best qbs ever for 1 year, tore up thte league, then the next year had a guy who hasnt played since highschool. Then the next year he gets brady fresh off a season ending ing injury and who clearly overthrew him a ton of times. Not to mention they had a qb coach calling the plays, mine as well had ray charles doing it.This is the guy who thought screen passes on 4th and 7 were a great play call. Then the next year they knew already they were getting rid of him so they just didnt get him involved.He has always had to adjust to new qbs. Cunningham, Frerotte, George, Culpepper, Collins, Brooks, Brady,Cassel,Favre,Young,Collins again. All those qbs for only 5 teams, thats alot of adjusting.

  23. No horse in this race. But it seems to me an owner has to stick by his coach when the coach makes personnel decisions on the field. If not, then the owner either needs to find a coach he trusts and believes in or coach the team himself.

    This crap doesn’t happen in Foxborough.

  24. Go ahead and dump Jeff Fisher. He’d be immediately welcome in at least 25 other places. Do you think Carolina would have him? How about Dallas? Maybe Denver? If Andy Reid ever retired Philly would welcome him back with open arms.

  25. Facts, not opinions. The Titans with Vince are 26-13 coming into this season. That’s a .667 winning percentage. Fisher has a .553 winning percentage in 17 years with the team. Twice Vince has taken over during winless seasons, 0-5 and 0-6 and gone on to finish the season at .500.

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